Masataka Yoshida missed today’s game against the Hiroshima Carp because of problems with his lower back. He started feeling discomfort in the area during pre-game batting practice. He is considered day-to-day.
Source: Sponichi 3/22/2017
[UPDATE 3/24 @ 12:00am]
Yoshida visited a hospital in Kobe on March 23 and was diagnosed with acute muscular lower back pain. He will remain with the Ichi-gun team for the time being.
Source: Sports Hochi 3/23/2017
[UPDATE 3/28 @ 10:31pm]
Junichi Fukura told reporters today that Yoshida will not make the active roster because his lower back is still not fully healed.
Source: Daily Sports 3/28/2017
[UPDATE 4/6 @ 5:53pm]
Fukura told reporters today that Yoshida was still rehabbing his back and was not making a whole lot of progress with his recovery. He also told reporters they were having a hard time setting a timetable for his return.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/6/2017
[UPDATE 4/22 @ 4:10pm]
Yoshida might be ready to return to the active roster some time next month.
Source: Sponichi 4/22/2017
[UPDATE 5/4 @ 11:49pm]
Yoshida started taking outdoor batting practice again on May 3. Junichi Fukura would like to see him return to the active roster before the start of Inter-league play. That remains a possibility if there are no setbacks.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/4/2017
[UPDATE 5/9 @ 6:06pm]
Yoshida started taking outdoor batting practice on May 2, participated in Ni-gun pre-game practices on May 5, played in a batting practice scrimmage on May 7, and added base-running exercises to his workouts today (May 9). He is set to begin a Ni-gun rehab assignment on May 10. If there are no issues, he could return to the active roster as early as May 12.
[UPDATE 5/10 @ 6:47pm]
Yoshida got the start in left and batted second against Ni-gun Hiroshima today. He homered in his first at bat in the first inning.
Source: Sponichi 5/10/2017
[UPDATE 5/10 @ 10:00pm]
Yoshida went 2-for-3 with two RBI: solo home run in the first (one RBI), walk (one RBI), single to left. He was replaced on defense in the 8th.
Source: Sanspo 5/10/2017
[UPDATE 5/11 @ 10:59pm]
Yoshida hit a minor setback. He was unable to play in today’s Ni-gun game against Hiroshima because of tightness in his lower back.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/11/2017
[UPDATE 6/21 @ 4:38pm]
Junichi Fukura told reporters on June 20 that he was no longer expecting Yoshida to return to the active roster without spending any time at Ni-gun. He is now planning to wait until he receives a report from Ni-gun coaches that he is ready for Ichi-gun.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2017
[UPDATE 6/27 @ 8:41pm]
Yoshida started at designated hitter and batted lead-off against Ni-gun Hanshin today. It was his first game since May 10. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, including a strikeout swinging against Minoru Iwata in the first inning.